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Don’t Detain Suspects Beyond The Limit Allowed By Law- NDLEA Boss Buba Marwa Warns Officers Against Hostage Arrest, Illegal Detention

by adminreporter

The Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement
Agency, NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) has
warned commanders, officers and men of the Agency against the
detention of suspects beyond the limit allowed by law, even as he
also prohibited the arrest of a relation, spouse or acquaintance of a
suspected drug offender, often referred to as hostage arrest.
The directives were contained in the reviewed operations and
investigations guidelines to all commands of the Agency across the
country. He said the order has become imperative in view of the
current democratic dispensation in the country and the need to
adhere strictly to constitutional provisions regarding arrest and
detention of suspects.
To avoid a breach of the operations guidelines, the NDLEA chief
executive said, arrangements must be made for the filing of charges
in court within 24 or 48 hours as may be applicable. Where this is not
possible, a detention order must be procured from the Federal High
Court for the continuous detention of an arrested person.
He further directed that investigations in all cases must be concluded
not later than one (1) week, adding that in all cases of raid
operations, all non-culpable suspects must be separated from those
culpable and released immediately. He equally demanded that all
prosecutors must ensure prompt filing of charges in courts and
pursue timely arraignment of suspects.
While reaffirming that NDLEA personnel remain empowered to
arrest and carry out search whenever there is reasonable ground to
suspect that a drug related offence has been committed, he however
warned that detention of persons for purposes of obtaining
information and/or intelligence without such a person committing
any drug related offence is hereby prohibited. “The Agency and its personnel shall in the course of arrest and search
respect the dignity of the human person of the suspect. Accordingly, a
suspect shall not in any way be ill-treated. Leg chain and handcuff
may only be used where the person is violent and/or resistant to
arrest such that reasonable force is required to restrain him/her,
Gen. Marwa added.
Femi Babafemi
Director, Media & Advocacy

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